Ukraine denies its forces executed Russian prisoners

Ukraine’s parliament’s human rights commissioner denied on Sunday that Kyiv forces had killed Russian prisoners of war, saying Ukrainian soldiers were defending themselves against Russians who were feigning surrender.

Videos circulated on Russian social media this week claiming to show the bodies of Russian servicemen killed after surrendering to Ukrainian troops.

Ukrainian mediator Dmytro Lubinets said “excerpts” from a video showed the Russians “using staged capture…committed a war crime by opening fire on Ukrainian armed forces”.

This means that the soldiers “cannot be considered prisoners of war”, he argued.

“Those who want to use the protection of international law to kill must be punished,” he added.

A video circulating on Russian social media shows soldiers apparently surrendering to several military personnel in camouflage and wearing yellow armbands.

Surrendering soldiers lie on the ground in the backyard of a house filled with rubble.

The video ends abruptly when gunshots are heard.

Another video filmed from above shows the bodies of a dozen people surrounded by apparent bloodstains.

AFP has not independently confirmed the videos.

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday that the videos showed the “deliberate and methodical killing of more than 10 detained Russian soldiers”.

He called for an investigation into “war crimes”.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova condemned “the ruthless shooting of unarmed Russian prisoners” and demanded that “international organizations condemn and thoroughly investigate this shocking crime”.

A UN spokesman told AFP on Friday that he was “aware of the videos” and was “reviewing them”.

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